Airline Troubles Delay Troops Return Home

The airline troubles that delayed the return from Afghanistan of members of South Carolina's Army National Guard appear to be ironed out.

Guard spokesman Colonel Pete Brooks says the entire 1,800-member
unit should be back home by mid-May. So far, 500 have arrived. Those soldiers are either in Fort Bragg, N.C., or back in South Carolina. Earlier this month, a contracted airline's bankruptcy got in the way of about 200 soldiers getting home on time.

Brooks says hundreds more soldiers are expected to arrive at Fort Bragg this weekend. A different Guard unit of 200 military police is expected to arrive back from Iraq over the weekend.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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